Where the hell have we been??

I feel like the worst person ever. No, not for swearing in my title. I swear all the time. It's because I feel like a loser for the status of my blog. Here we are though, January of 2012 so I am going to give a brief summary of the second half of 2011.

July- We had my brother Reed out to visit for two weeks. We did lots of great stuff and enjoyed having him with us. We went to Sea World, went stand up paddle boarding, worked out a lot, swam, played Xbox, went to the Blue Bell factory.... Great times!

July- Beckham turned ONE! My baby grew up and we had a party to celebrate. Watch for a separate post... MAYBE.

July- Ran my first half marathon with one of my besties/SIL Camilla. Seriously proud of this accomplishment!

August- I went to New York with some of my best girlfriends and HAD.A.BLAST.

August- VISITORS! I love having people come to see us. Means the world to me. We hosted Brian's brother Devin, SIL Jill, and Baby Gretchen for a weekend. We also had Devin's BF Kevin. Love these people- laughed all weekend! We went to the [sad] BYU vs Texas game, ate some good grub, played tennis, worked around babies naps!

September- Nannied 2 YEAR OLD TWINS (and Beckham) FULL TIME. Need I say more?

September- Took a weekend off and went camping with some great friends at a beautiful place called Garner State Park. Camping with a baby was....not awesome... but we had a lot of fun anyways! Beckham was dirty within seconds and was stripped to his diaper ASAP. ItWasHOT! Our tent was filled with ants one night.. no bueno. The food was as expected... FABULOUS! Love camp food.. you know... it aint good camp food unless it sends you to the bathroom in the middle of the night. We swam, played cards, played horseshoes, visited with friends, listened to some country music a la Nate Burnham.

October- Went to Utah for two weeks to take care of my nieces and nephew while Jarem & Cam went on a much deserved vacation. I had a blast. These kids are like my kids... I adore them. Camilla probably thinks I am creepy. We had a crazy couple of weeks with 4 kids ages 3 and under. Beckham had an ear infection, both boys got a virus that caused diarrhea which led to awful diaper rashes, Beckham WOULD not sleep for more than an hour at a time because he was in so much pain... so I slept an hour at a time. I got to get my work out on and fell in love with Lifetime fitness. Got to spend time with my seeesters and Mom and Dad.. then a little later Reed. Got to spend a decent amount of time with the Davis crew. Great and crazy trip. Oh and Halloween happened too. I dress the girlies up as ballerinas, King was a nerd, and Beckham was a bum.

November- Felt a lot of gratitude. Found out we would be moving to Dallas- so sad. Made a pie that I was pritt-eee proud of. Spent Thanksgiving with our best friends. Black Friday shopped and scored some suhweet deals!

December- TIMELINE.
2nd: Was attempting from scratch carrot cake for our Ward Christmas Partay when I grated a chunk off my pinkie. Guhross. Made some awesome cupcakes instead.
ALL MONTH: Cherished the last few weeks with our Austin friends!
10th: Went on a cruise... YES, Brian and I went on a cruise! Dream come true! My parents watched little b.
17th: My parents took Beckham back to Utah with them so Brian and I could pack and be ready to move immediately after Christmas.
17th: Cried a lot sending Beckham on that plane... but knew he was in the BEST care!
23rd: Flew to Utah babyless- took a nap, watched a movie, didn't rip any hair out.
24th-28th: Spent time with my family- love all the Hallows. We had a Just Dance 2 round robin tourny, jumped in the bounce house, ate Dad's homemade salsa, smoked ribs, opened presents from each other, shopped and had lunch with the seesters/mama, play Pickle Ball and now Brian is addicted, took countless walks, shared great moments from 2011, missed Ari/Danny/Little T, and so much more. Thanks Mimi and Goppy for hosting all of us.
28th: Returned to Austin. Best flight Beckham has ever had.
29th, morning: Friends from Austin helped empty our apartment and fill our trailer. We headed to Dallas.
29th, evening: Awesome members from our new ward helped move us into our 3rd story apartment.

HUGE SHOUT out to my mom and dad who were crucial to my sanity during the month of December. Beckham was sick during both of the times they cared for him and they didn't complain once. They deserve a medal for courage. I love them and knew Beckham was being spoiled rotten and all my rules were being broken, but that he was being taken care of by the two people I trust most!

January- Getting settled in, unpacked within the first two days. Starting to explore our new area. Our new ward is small and seems... dated, but they are the kindest, most welcoming people I have ever met. They made me feel so wanted and needed and I am so excited to be a part of them. No friends yet. That's ok. They will come. I got a job at Lifetime Fitness and couldn't be more excited. I think it is an awesome place and am excited to be a part of what they do! It is two minutes walking distance from our apartment- hello! And I get a free membership... another dream come true because Lifetime is not cheap!

So there you have it. That's my short version of what we've been doing.

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